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  • Complete or incomplete?

    If you do not have sensation right at your anus (within 1 cm. of the opening), which is S4/5, then you cannot be classified as having an incomplete injury, even if you have some sensation elsewhere below your level of injury.

    Long term use of enemas can be problematic with SCI. Have you tried other bowel management methods such as suppositories and digital stimulation? Do you have a flaccid or spastic anal sphincter? What is your bladder management method.

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    The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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    I would suggest that you get and read this booklet on bowel management after SCI. If you can cath yourself, you should also be able to be independent bowel management without enemas.

    Neurogenic Bowel: What You Should Know

    (KLD)
    The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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